The elderly often experience many symptoms that mimic the acute and chronic complications of diabetes. However, they may be due to other illnesses, the aging process, or diabetes. Among these symptoms are the following:
1 Loss of appetite 1 Tiredness 1 Tremors
If you have these symptoms, don't assume that they're due to old age. Ask " your doctor to consider other possibilities such as T1DM. It's important to make the right diagnosis (see the next section for information on confirming T1DM with testing).
Many of these symptoms also may be brought on by the medications you're taking. A long list of "potentially inappropriate medications for the elderly" can be found on the Internet at www.dcri.duke.edu/ccge/curtis/ beers.html. (It's pulled from an article that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in December 2003.) Check the list and see if your medications are there. If they are, discuss with your doctor whether you can substitute something for the "inappropriate" medication or even stop it with no ill effects.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.